Day 393 | Friday, 16 April 2021
This seems to me to be a good day to share a couple versions of Psalm 23. I used many translations over the past year as we all find comfort and strength in this Psalm. The first is from The Message. The second is the King James translation with a brief interpretation of what the words mean. I find that it is good to reflect on this Psalm often as it brings inner peace.
Psalm 23 – The Message Translation (MSG)
God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure. You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.
The Lord is my shepherd; - that’s relationship
I shall not want. – this is supply
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: - refreshment
he leadeth me beside the still waters. – rest
He restoreth my soul: - healing
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness- goodness
for his name’s sake – purpose
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, - testing
I will fear no evil: - protection
for thou art with me; - faithfulness
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. – discipline
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; - hope
thou anointest my head with oil; - consecration
my cup runneth over. – abundance
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: - blessing
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord - security
forever. – eternity
Gracious God, as we read these familiar words of this Psalm, calm our hearts and souls of any stressors that we may be feeling. These are such comforting words in all circumstances. Thank you for the inner peace you bring to us each and every day. Lord, hear our prayers. Amen
Today: Read you favorite translation of Psalm 23.